Friday, April 2, 2021

Cover reveal and pre-order: Cook On The Bright Side

 

My new book, Cook On The Bright Side is available for pre-order on Amazon! I am offering the Kindle pre-order at a discounted price. When the book goes LIVE, it will go up to regular price...so, be sure to pre-order TODAY!

 

Cook On The Bright Side

Three young, driven girls gathered at a coffee shop to study. Chloe, Cora, and Callie called themselves triple C. Out of over 4,000 people at UNC Asheville, these three bonded over a mean panini and hot drinks.

Years passed, they each graduated and grew, but their friendship remained intact. After a tragic Covid-19 incident, their lives quickly changed, and a promise was made.

Will they be able to keep their commitment or would it be the demise of their friendship?

Cookbooks, recipes, and blogging change the course of their lives forever. Join these ladies as they feel the highs and lows of friendship, family, and love.

Recipes from the story are included at the end of the book.

Recipes: Did you know?

Autumn's Wish book release 

 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Recipes: Did you know?

 


Did you know that each of my fiction books end with recipes from the book? Yes, all of my books have a cooking or baking thread running through them.

For example: In Autumn's Wish, Cindy makes amazing peanut butter cookies! So, I added that recipe, among others at the end of the book.

 

Cindy’s Peanut Butter Cookies


1 cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

¾ cup peanut butter

 

 Cindy also shares her Sausage, Peppers, and Onions recipe! 


Cindy’s Sausage, Peppers and Onions


1 package of Italian sausages

1 green bell pepper

1 large onion


Chances are, if the recipe was worth mentioning in the book, it is shared with you at the end! 



Autumn's Wish book release 

The Ultimate Guide To Cookies book release  

Picture This book release 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Blog Tour for Autumn's Wish: Janine's Cool Cats and Reviews

 


 I am excited to share a lovely review for my latest release: Autumn's Wish. 

Autumn's Wish was previously written as Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star. I have had the privilege of working with Janine since the book was first published in 2011!

I would love for you to check out her review and her blog.

Thank you, Janine! 

Janine's Cool Cats and Reviews 

Autumn's Wish on Amazon


Friday, March 12, 2021

How Not To Die: Book review

 


 I gave this book 5 stars! 

It is loaded with valuable information and is written in a way to keep you connected. The author's personality shines through in the writing.

I have been following his plant-based plan for five weeks, and feel great! I lost weight without trying and the inflammation in my body has decreased significantly. I am still striving to hit all twelve points each day, but I know that when I get there, I will feel even better!

So many of us feel like crap and try different medications to help us feel better. I am more of a natural type person, so this style of healing (or masking) does not appeal to me. 

I highly recommend eating a plant-based diet and living a healthy way of life. You are worth it!

Click on the photo to read about or purchase this book. 

Autumn's Wish 

Point of View: Book review 

How To Make A  living With Your Writing: Book review


Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Writers: Let's get rid of the word very

 

 
The word, “very” rarely belongs in the vocabulary of a writer. There are other creative words that can be used in its place.

The word, “very” is an overused adjective. The word is used to emphasize the word it is describing. Often times, adjectives, such as the word, “very”, can be left out of the sentence. If you are trying to say that someone is “very hungry”, take out the word “very” and your point will still come across to the reader. 
Or, substitute the word “very” and the word it is describing with another creative word (See, I could have said “more” creative word right there, but I left out the word “more” and my point still came across properly).


Let’s take a look at some substitutions:


1.Very angry / fuming

2. Very big / gigantic or huge

3. Very clean / spotless, immaculate or spick and span

4. Very cold / freezing or Very cold / icy or hard hearted

5. Very fast / immediate

6. Very fat / large

7. Very good / suitable

8. Very happy / joyful, delighted or ecstatic

9. Very hateful / repulsive

10. Very hot / broiling

11. Very hungry / famished

12. Very loving / affectionate

13. Very mean / nasty or cruel

14. Very nice / lovely

15. Very old / ancient or antiquated

16. Very pretty / beautiful or attractive

17. Very poor / underprivileged

18. Very quiet / silent or peaceful

19. Very rude / offensive

20. Very sad / miserable

21. Very silly / ridiculous

22. Very skinny / lean or malnourished

23. Very small / miniature

24. Very smart / clever

25. Very soft / spineless

26. Very sore/ excruciating, tender or painful

27. Very strong / muscular

28. Very stupid / senseless

29. Very tasty / scrumptious

30. Very tired / exhausted

31. Very ugly / horrid
 

 Do you write when you're not in the mood?

Write It! podcast: The place for writers 

Let's discuss outlining books

Friday, March 5, 2021

Autumn's Wish: Book release TODAY!

 


Today is the day!

Autumn's Wish is now LIVE on Amazon! 

This book was originally published as Twinkle, Twinkle, Christmas Star. It has been re-written to include new character names, title, and cover.

Formerly an inspirational fiction piece, it is now a contemporary fiction novel. 

Newspaper writer, Autumn, wishes on a star, seeking help to discover herself and live a life she considers worth living.

For ten years, Autumn has been writing for the same newspaper, living in the same apartment, going through the same routines, day after day.

One cold November morning, she decides that she has had enough and that change is long overdue.

New beginnings and self-transformation, with a touch of steamy romance, will have you wanting more of Autumn's Wish.

She asked. She believed. She received.
AUTUMN'S WISH


This book was previously published as, Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star.

The Ultimate Guide To Cookies 

Picture This book release

Monday, March 1, 2021

Our trip to Snowshoe, WV: Part 4, Traveling home

 


We truly had an amazing trip! The day did arrive when we needed to travel back home. By the time Wednesday rolled around, we were both ready.

I woke up early, as usual, made coffee and began packing things up. We wound up leaving the condo to head to the car around 9:45 am. 

We were plowed in! When the snow plow cleared the parking lot, it created a nice stack of snow and ice behind my Jeep. After several attempts, we realized there was no backing out over the pile...mainly because of the cars illegally parked behind us. The last thing we wanted was to cause an accident.

So, we went inside and asked for a shovel. Thankfully, they had one. 

My saint of a husband shoveled us out. I brought the shovel back to the front desk and retrieved my ID that I had to leave in order to borrow the shovel.

I jumped in the Jeep and we were off...so I thought.

This guy driving a white truck was driving the wrong way through the parking lot and came within an INCH of hitting my Jeep! I had my window down and was SCREAMING at him! I said repeatedly, "You're going to hit me car!" If it wasn't for my husband slowly backing up as this jerk drove by, my Jeep would have been hit.

After many choice words that were NOT kind, at 10: 36 am, we were off. And the trip home was pleasant and rather relaxing. The views were spectacular.

And that, my friends was a 4 part recap of our vacation in Snowshoe, WV. 

Part 1: The drive

Part 2: The walk for coffee 

Part 3: The realization 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Our trip to Snowshoe, WV: Part 3, The realization

 


I have been having a fantastic, productive trip so far! Yesterday morning, I wrote the outline for my next novella. In the afternoon, I started writing the book. All that after finishing my WIP on Sunday. 

It snowed yesterday and is snowing again today...so many good things to be thankful for.  

As I prepared for my day today, I realized that my book release for Autumn's Wish is just days away! 

March 5th is the official book release on Amazon. Wow! That went fast. 

Autumn's Wish is available for pre-order NOW on Kindle:  

PRE-ORDER AUTUMN'S WISH NOW

 

Book Description:

Newspaper writer, Autumn, wishes on a star, seeking help to discover herself and live a life she considers worth living.

For ten years, Autumn has been writing for the same newspaper, living in the same apartment, going through the same routines, day after day.

One cold November morning, she decides that she has had enough and that change is long overdue.

New beginnings and self-transformation, with a touch of steamy romance, will have you wanting more of Autumn's Wish.

She asked. She believed. She received.
AUTUMN'S WISH

This book was previously published as, Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star.

 

Thank you! 

 Our trip: Part 1, The drive

Our trip: Part 2, The walk for coffee

Monday, February 22, 2021

Our trip to Snowshoe, WV part 2: The walk for coffee

 


Yesterday, I mentioned that today, I would be venturing out into the cold. Well, this morning, that is exactly what I did!

 If you have TicTok...

Watch me walk though the snow...

I bundled up, which you can see in the above photo and ventured out. It has been snowing for hours and has yet to let up. The icy snow was pelting me in the face at one point and made me giggle while recording my video.

I walked over to the Starbucks, that I point out in my recording, and got cup of decaf to warm me up. They have no tables and only allow 8 people in at a time. But, I got my coffee!

 

More fun news... I completed writing my WIP which was a novella. I will do the final edit when I get back home. Today, I am starting on the outline for another book. 

This trip has been relaxing and productive so far! 


My tall, decaf, caramel macchiato with almond milk. 

 

Our trip to Snowshoe, WV part 1 The drive

Last years weekend in Snowshoe post

 

 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Our trip to Snowshoe WV, Part 1: The drive

 


Yesterday, my husband and myself drove to Snowshoe, West Virginia. It's a dual trip of sorts. My husband will snowboard and I will write, write, write! My plan is to finish the novella I am working on and start another one.

Last year when we drove up, we encountered a few interesting situations. You can read about them here: 

Weekend in Snowshoe, West Virginia: The things I did and saw

We remembered when we saw the first Dollar General store, that we drove by so many last time. We decided to count them this trip. We drove by 9 Dollar General stores on the way here! If we drove by 9, imagine how many more there are that we didn't drive by! People in Virginia and West Virginia love their Dollar General's. 


This was us driving behind a hay truck, before it started to snow. 

 

 

My expression after counting numerous Dollar General stores and getting stuck behind a truck loaded with hay. 

Tomorrow, I will go outside and explore! That should be fun....stand by for the post!


Thursday, February 18, 2021

New Logo: Author Deanna Martinez-Bey

 

Check out me new logo! It screams...ME! It has everything I love about being an author: the color pink, books, coffee, and reading glasses! OK, maybe I don't love my reading glasses, but I DO love the logo.

It was created by Missy Farrow and here is her Instagram page for you to follow: Mfarrowsocialmedia

Missy also has a fantastic blog that will make you laugh: Missy Farrow on social 

When she was creating this masterpiece, we discussed how a social media logo should be simple and not contain too many details because the photos are so small on most of the social media sites. I completely agree and am thankful that she pointed that out!  

 

Family history and traditions with Author Deanna Martinez-Bey 

Let's discuss outlining books 

Book release: The Ultimate Guide To Cookies


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Do you write when you're not in the mood?

 


Maybe a more direct question would be: Do you write when you don't feel like it? 

If only there was a direct answer to that question...

I would have to say: Yes and No.

The key to completing a writing project is to plan for time to write each day or week. However, what if you are sick or going through a difficult time in your life? Do you write anyway, regardless of your circumstances?

Well...sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.
I find that if I am feeling icky, as in not feeling 100% in my physical body, I can still write and write well.
I have also found that if I'm REALLY sick, I can not by any means put the words together to write at all!


In addition, if I have something really heavy weighing on my mind, I have a hard time writing. If I have minor things on my mind, I have no problem setting them aside to write and sometimes, just sometimes, writing will help me get through the circumstances and I will feel better as a result.

Only you truly know if you are capable of writing according to how you are feeling. What is right for me may not be right for you. You may find that writing will help you feel better no matter what you are going through in your life.

The only way to know for sure is to give it a try.

Tips:

  • Always stick to your writing schedule.
  • If you are unable to write because of sickness, rest and try again tomorrow.
  • If you are dealing with an emotional issue, try to write. It may help you through.  

 

Let's discuss outlining books 

Book release: The Ultimate Guide To Cookies 

Family history and traditions with Author Deanna Martinez-Bey 

Book review: Point Of View

Friday, February 5, 2021

Write It! Podcast: The place for writers

 


Have I mentioned that I have a podcast for writers? I do!

It is called Write It! and I talk about all kinds of valuable information for writers. You should check it out:

WRITE IT! 

Write It!

By Deanna Martinez-Bey
 
Write It, is the place for writers. We will talk about writing techniques, tips, and tricks. All authors, writers, editors, and bloggers are welcome! 
 

 

 Book release: The Ultimate Guide To Cookies

Book review: Point Of View 

Best hashtags for authors on Twitter 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Let's discuss outlining books

 


Should writers write books by following an outline? This seems to be a great debate among writers. Some writers swear by using outlines and others would rather fly by the seat of their pants.

I prefer to make and use an outline when I am writing my books. I like to form a basic outline that lays out the gist of what the book will be about and the character’s names and personalities. I also prefer to lay out the basics of each chapter. 

I do feel that if the outline contains too much information, meaning too many details, it will constrict the writer. We still need to have the freedom to add characters and events as we see fit. Often times if an outline contains too many details, it prevents us from being able to be creative with our book.

Let’s compare the two options. Reasons to outline:

  1. Gives us direction
  2. Helps us glide through writing the chapters
  3. Gives us a goal
  4. Helps us remember character names and details (we can refer back to our written outline)
  5. Keeps us on track


Reasons not to outline:

  1. I can’t think of any
  2. I don’t know
  3. Oh, here is one: It can be fun not to have clear direction?


The bottom line is I recommend a simple outline. They are helpful to me and I think it would be helpful to you as well. Let me give you an example of what an outline can consist of:

  • Basic details of the book (What it is about, the character details)
  • Certain points you want to be sure to touch upon
  • Chapter titles (this will guide you what to write in each chapter) 
  • Other details you want to include


Details you may not want to include in the outline:
Every detail as to what the character says, does, and feels.

Love a good Podcast? Listen to Write It!

Friday, January 29, 2021

The Ultimate Guide To Cookies: RELEASE DAY!

 

I am excited to announce the release of my new book, The Ultimate Guide To Cookies!

It is available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback. Today is release day!

In this book, I include tips and tricks to making the perfect cookies. I also include many of my favorite cookie recipes!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and this book will assist you in baking cookies for the ones you love. It will also make a fantastic Valentine's gift for the baker or sweet tooth in your life.

Do you find yourself spending too much money on store-bought cookies? Have you tried baking cookies to have them turn out as hard as hockey pucks or too soft and crumbly? The Ultimate Guide To Cookies offers you a way out of store-bought, chemical-laden cookies!

Learn all the best and easiest tips and tricks to make cookies from the comfort of your kitchen. Make a batch whenever you have a craving and save money too.

Deanna will share how to bake cookies, tips, and tricks to the perfect bite, and recipes to get you started.

Cookies make fantastic gifts for all occasions, or “just because.” For just a few dollars, you can put all of her tips and recipes into practice and find your sweet tooth satisfied and your bank account full.

Your family and friends will adore you even more and may start asking you to bring the cookies to all of your parties and gatherings!

The Ultimate Guide To Cookies

Picture This: Book release

 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Family History and traditions with Author Deanna Martinez-Bey


Baking sweets has always been a big part of my life. Thinking back to when I was a child...baking with my mom and family provides happy memories for me. I do not remember most of my childhood from the age of 4 until I was 12, BUT, I do recall Christmas Eve gatherings with my family and all of the cooking and baking we did together.
I always say that baking soothes my soul and brings peace to my spirit. Since the happy memories I have as a child revolve around food, I can understand why baking makes me feel this way.

Those happy memories and family traditions are always present in my mind. Each time I bake with my daughter, who is 6 years old, and every time all 4 of us (myself, my husband, my son, and my daughter) have a cookie decorating night for each Holiday, I am reminded that I am creating happy, peaceful, and fun memories for my children.

My mom passed away when I was nineteen years old. Thankfully, mom taught me how to bake up a mean cheesecake when she was here with us. Mom made her cheesecake without a crust. It was a thick, rich, creamy, New York-style cheesecake. I was born and raised in New Jersey, and let me tell you, northern, Italian women know how to cook and bake! Mom fit right into that mold. Her teachings inspired me to write my book, The Ultimate Guide To Cheesecakes.

Because of the skills my mom and my Aunt (her sister) taught me, I entered into a Taste of Italy contest with Taste of Home Magazine several years ago, with my, Mascarpone Cheesecake recipe, and I won 2nd place! Thanks, mom and Aunt Jeannie!


The love of food has brought me where I am today. I have a food blog, home bakery, and I just wrote another cookbook, The Ultimate Guide To Cookies! 

I have been featured in several Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, Taste of Home Best Of cookbooks, Taste of Home Magazines, and online with Womansday.com.
I have written 3 novels and in the back of each one, I share recipes that were made in the book (that are all my personal recipes).
I am the administrator of several pages and groups on Facebook: all food-related!




Do you agree with me when I say that I have a passion for writing, food, and recipes?

You can also find all of my books here:

Amazon Author Page: Deanna Martinez-Bey

Friday, January 22, 2021

Book review: Point of View (Writing Lessons from the Front Book 3)

 


I have been reading books about writing and when I found this one on Amazon, it caught my eye. 

I have to say,  Point of View (Writing Lessons from the Front Book 3), was a fantastic book. It explained the different POV's in which one can write and it explained them in great detail so everyone can understand. 

I rated this book on Amazon and Goodreads and gave it 5 stars! 


Here is the Amazon link and description:

Point of View (Writing Lessons from the Front Book 3)

 Unlocking the mystery behind POINT OF VIEW: why is point of view important to a novelist, and how can we make sure we're using it correctly? Which serves the story better--first person, third person, omniscient, or the quirky second? Using thirty years of writing experience, Angela Hunt presents a brief lesson on point of view that should answer all your questions in practical, simple terms. You don't need an entire book to understand it--you only need these thirty pages. These lessons, Hunt says, "are brief for a reason—I don’t want you to spend most of your time reading how-to books. I will give you what you need so you can put what you’ve learned into practice. That’s the best way to improve." Enjoy this writing lesson for a fraction of the cost of attending one of Angela's writing classes--your writing will never be the same.

Best hashtags for authors on Twitter  

Book review: Picture This 

2021 Resolutions Vs. Goals 

Monday, January 18, 2021

Book review: How To Make A living With Your Writing

 


I purchased: How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More (Books for Writers Book 3) by Joanna Pen, in hopes of learning tips and tricks of the trade.

Unfortunately, that is not what I found. I am not saying that this was a terrible book. I am saying that the information it contained was basic and rather than delve into details as to the, "how to's" it quickly skimmed through the basic ideas with minimal explanation as to how to make them happen. 

I was looking for more in depth information.

If you are a beginning writer, it is a great book to give you ideas as to how to make money. But, be prepared to do research as to how to make them happen. 


Picture This book review

Resolutions Vs. Goals 

Author interview with GKJ Publishing

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Best hashtags for authors on Twitter

 


I have been exploring into the Twitterverse and want to share some of my favorite hashtags for authors / writers:

  • #writingcommunity
  • #amwriting
  • #writerslife
  • #WIP
  • #indieauthors
  • #romancewriter
  • #romance
  • #author
  • #writingtip
  • #getpublished
  • #selfpublishing
  • #ebooks
  • #mustread
  • #kindle
  • #bookgiveaway
  • #freebook
  • #writerslift


 I hope these hashtags help you build your Twitter community. My all-time-favorite is #writingcommunity. There you will find other writers who want to connect. 

My second favorite as far as building my community is #writerslift. By adding this one, you will meet new authors and grow your following.

I suggest you take a look at each hashtag to see what they are and which are best for you.


Author interview: GKJ Publishing 

Resolutions Vs. Goals  

Covid-19 writing 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Author Deanna Martinez-Bey on TicTok

 


 

Having kept a photography channel on TicTok, I decided to start an author channel too! I have to say, it has been fairly successful so far.

Here is a link to my channel, I would love to have you follow me there (I will follow you back):

Author Deanna Martinez-Bey

I found a Facebook page specifically for authors on TicTok and have found a great deal of support there:

Authors of TicTok 

Between the Facebook group and the apps algorithms, it has not been difficult to find other authors to support. The writing/reading community on social media is one of the most supportive I have found! 


Picture This book review: On Janine's Cool Cats and Reviews

Author interview with GKJ Publishing  

Resolutions Vs. Goals

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Picture This book review on Janine's Cool Cats and Reviews

 

 

 I am happy to share an honest review of my latest novella, Picture This.

I have been working with Janine since my first book release in 2011! We have a string of emails over 80 long! She always takes the time to read my books and give an honest review. THANK YOU, Janine! 

Here is the direct link to my book review on her blog:

Janine's Cool Cats and Reviews

Janine also gave me an awesome review on BookBub and Amazon!

Thank you, Janine! 

 

Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 Resolutions Vs. Goals

 


At the beginning of each year, I post my "Resolutions vs. Goals" post.

Let's make 2021 the year we move forward with creating the life we truly desire.  Let's leave the past were it belongs...in the past, and create for ourselves a joyful, prosperous, healthy new year! 

Resolution: A promise we make to ourselves and declare to others that we are going to make a positive change for the new year.
Goals: A plan we put into place to move forward towards a better life.

Do you see the difference? A resolution is a promise, but a goal is a plan. Let’s set goals for ourselves this year. Make a plan, write a list of steps to get you to where you want to be: financially, physically, emotionally, relationally. Set reasonable goals. Take baby steps towards your new future, your new life.
Let’s turn our dreams into reality for 2021! 

Meditate on your goals and the changes you want to make, see yourself living the life that you desire. Talk about your dreams and goals with people who will build you up and encourage you. Make your plan and work towards it each day, little by little, taking baby steps. Don't give up!

They say, "Rome wasn't built in a day". How true that is! Let's make the changes within ourselves to become the people we want to be this year. It can be done and WE are the only ones who can make it happen; join a gym, write a book, start a business, change the things we don't like about ourselves/our lives. Let's make this our year! 

If you have access to Netflix, I HIGHLY recommend you watch, The Secret. It has helped change my life and I am confident it can do the same for you! 


Author interview with GKJ Publishing

Covid-19 writing 

Podcast: Write It!